NEW DELHI: One and a half years before Aaftab Ameen Poonawalla allegedly choked his live-in partner, Shraddha Walkar, to death, he had allegedly tried to strangle her and threatened to kill her and cut her body into pieces.
Shraddha had, in a handwritten complaint dated November 23, 2020 filed with Mumbai police, made that disclosure, saying she was not willing to live with him anymore. However, under pressure from Aaftab’s parents, she apparently gave another statement saying, “we no longer have any quarrel”.
The letter surfaced on Wednesday and will be sent for a handwriting analysis, sources said. Shraddha had submitted the complaint to Tilunj police station station in Vasai after Aaftab allegedly beat her up at a flat in Vasai East. She told police in her complaint that Aaftab had been beating her up for the past six months. His parents were aware of his violent behaviour, she claimed.
“He has been abusing me and beating me up. Today, he tried to kill me by suffocating me, and he scares and blackmails me that he will kill me, cut me up in pieces and throw me away. It has been six months he has been hitting me but I did not have the guts to go to the police because he would threaten to kill me,” said the letter.
A copy of the letter, which is with TOI, adds: “His parents are aware that he beats me and that he tried to kill me. They also know about we (sic) living together in east and they visit on weekends. I lived with him till date as we were supposed to get married anytime soon and had the blessings of his family. Henceforth, I am not willing to live with him. So, any kind of physical damage should be considered coming from him as he has been blackmailing me to kill or hurt me whenever he sees me anywhere.”
According to Mumbai police officials, Walkar’s complaint was sent for an inquiry and a sub-inspector-rank official investigated it. Suhas Bavche, deputy commissioner of police, Zone –III, Virar police commissionerate, told TOI that they were pursuing Walkar’s complaint.
“Our officer had gone to their house twice but they were either resting or busy, and they asked the policemen to leave. The first visit was soon after the complaint was filed and the next on December 19, which is when Walkar said she gave the complaint in a fit of anger and did not want to pursue it further. We took it in writing from her that she did not want to pursue the case. After this, we didn’t receive any other complaint from Shraddha,” said Bavche.
Meanwhile, Aaftab’s parents are in Delhi to record their statements as is one of her co-workers, Karan, whom she had told about the assault, officials said. Their testimonies will form part of the chargesheet. Aaftab also met his parents in custody.





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